UE 11 Sound Signature Deep Dive

UE 11 Sound Signature Deep Dive

Learn more about the powerful low-end of UE 11, and discover what makes them ideal for drummers, guitarists and more.

There’s nothing like listening to music and feeling fully immersed in every beat. Every UE sound signature is optimized for the best performance possible, but which one is right for you? The UE 11 is a wise choice for percussionists and music lovers who need to feel as well as hear the bass in their favorite songs. They have a powerful low end with plenty of rich detail in the midrange and an airy high end to balance the sound. They’re a favorite among drummers and DJs, but any devout fan of drum & bass, R&B, hip-hop or pop will enjoy them too. In this article, we’ll go over the design of the UE 11 from the ground up.
The UE 11 Story
In 1995, the first Ultimate Ears in-ear monitors were developed for Alex Van Halen to protect his hearing and improve his performance. Our heritage has led us to develop the monitor of choice for drummers and percussionists worldwide—UE 11. When you’re performing or enjoying high-energy music, it’s all about feeling it. UE 11 is designed for drummers and listeners who want to hear every drum hit with unparalleled clarity.


Extended Low-End Response for Bass-Heavy Music
UE 11 features four balanced armatures and a three-way crossover network to deliver powerful, yet balanced, sound for performers and audiophiles.“If you’re a working musician who wants a big, full sound signature with clarity, drive and detail in the highs with a powerful bass response, UE 11 will be a great workhorse for you,” says Service Manager John Talley. You’ll hear the impact of every drum transient through four high-quality drivers. UE 11 has a frequency response that ranges from 5Hz to 22kHz with extra bass reinforcement from dual low-frequency drivers. And don’t worry, the bass won’t swallow up the mix. UE 11’s bold lows are matched by focused mids and sparkling highs, thanks to its three-way crossover.
Superior Acoustic Isolation
All UE sound signatures are designed to block up to -26dB of ambient noise. When you’re in the studio or listening at home, you can focus on what’s important—your music. All UE earphones and IEMs block noise using passive noise isolation, which is preferred over active noise cancellation, or ANC by audiophiles and musicians alike. What’s the difference between passive noise isolation and ANC? Passive noise isolation blocks sound naturally, whereas ANC is known to cause ear fatigue and distorted sound quality. Worried about feeling too isolated on stage? UE PRO models have an ambient port option that allows ambiance to reach your eardrum through a -12dB filter. When the ports are closed, you’ll experience the full -26dB of noise isolation.

On-Stage or Off
Ultimate Ears loves giving musicians what they need to be successful, but you can use UE 11 beyond the edge of the stage too. Any UE sound signature can be used wherever you want, thanks to two alternate cable styles—the wired SuperBax and wireless Bluetooth cables. Looking for a road-ready cable that can withstand anything? The SuperBax cable is perfect for touring musicians and audio engineers who want a heavy-duty cable. Use the Bluetooth cable when you’re at home or on the go. Both cables are sweat-proof and deliver high quality audio.

Personalize Your Ears

No more limiting yourself to just one faceplate design—now you can have as many as you like and swap them out any time. Customize your design with a variety of colors, materials and decorative details, or even use your own custom artwork. A simple twist-lock mechanism makes swapping styles easy. The UE SWITCH option is available for all models, as well as any existing pair via mail-in upgrade.

Choose Your Fit
There are multiple way to get a custom fit. Your choice of fit depends on personal preference.  Using an audiologist option for fit creates an in-ear monitor that reaches the second bend of the ear canal for the ultimate fit. We use the impressions taken from an audiologist to create an accurate fit shaped to your exact earprint. This fit is popular among performers and musicians who are constantly moving on stage. 
The other fit option is the at-home FitKit option which creates an earphone that reaches the first bend of the ear canal. To create this fit, we ship to you our convenient at-home FitKit to make your ear impressions. We find that audiophiles and music lovers prefer the ease of the FitKit, but these high-quality earphones are great for critical listening in the studio and the stage, too. A universal fit option is also available. 

Handcrafted for Your Ears Only
The UE 11 sound signature will always deliver deep 808s and thundering drum fills, no matter which fit you choose. After we receive your ear impressions via FitKit or your audiologist, we handcraft your earphones or IEMs to perfection using over 100 touchpoints. Whatever fit option you choose, you’ll get a comfortable, secure fit that never falls out. Concerned about your fit? No worries at all. We offer industry-leading white glove customer service to ensure you get the fit you deserve. Our Perfect Fit Guarantee covers repairs and adjustments within the first 90 days after purchase. If any questions arise, just ask! We’ll guide you through the ordering process or clarify the difference between the sound signatures we have available. 


Find Your Perfect Pair
UE 11 has a powerful sound with deep bass and enhanced clarity—what’s not to love? If you’re still unsure which pair is best for you, take our quiz to get a recommendation.  We’d love to hear from you! If you have any questions, contact us to get advice from our experts. 
Email: uehelp@ultimateears.com
Phone: (800) 589-6531


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